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Talks & Topics

Hear individuals sharing their own experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals giving a range of practical advice talks.

As well as talks from carers and persons with dementia, you will hear expert presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, personal budgets, drugs and medicines, paying for care, Mental Capacity Act and research.

View the 2016 programme below

10.40 – 11.10Meet the Author: Rachael Dixey. Our Dementia Diary is based on the diaries of Rachael Dixey who looked after her civil partner Irene after she developed early onset Alzheimer’s disease.Rachael Dixey, Author
11.20 – 11.50Mental Capacity Act - A Surgery. This is an open forum to discuss key aspects of the Mental Capacity Act in dementia care, including applying the principles of the MCA, obtaining consent, DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and lasting Powers of Attorney.Dr James Warner, Chair, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Medical Director, Red & Yellow Care
12.00 – 12.40Post diagnosis support for carers 'open mic' discussion
Panel: Nimisha Parmar, Ming Ho and Janis Cottee
Louise Langham, Carer Engagement & Development Lead for 'tide' with carers
13.30 – 13.50Shaheen Larrieux’s mum Hosna, who is originally from Bangladesh, began showing distinct changes in her personality around 10 years before she was diagnosed with dementia, in 2011. However it wasn’t until 2012 that Hosna was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) by Professor Nick Fox. Hosna lives at home where she is cared for by her family.Shaheen Larrieux
14.00 – 14.30Eating and Drinking Well: Supporting people Living with Dementia. Delivering food and drink to people living with dementia is challenging. This talk will focus on barriers and enablers to deliver good nutrition to those at risk of not eating and drinking enough.Joanne Holmes BSc (Hons) R Nutr, Nutrition Lecturer Bournemouth University
14.40 – 15.00Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion Vivienne Hill made it her mission to find out everything she could about dementia when her mum Mary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 61 in 2002. Mary’s condition gradually deteriorated in the next eight years until she became bedridden and unable to walk, talk or do anything for herself.Vivienne Hill
15.10 – 15.40Dementia drugs and Low dose Antipsychotics. Holistic view of medications prescribed for those living with dementia and the need to support other long term conditions’Anne Child MRPharmS PHwSI I.P MBE, Director of Pharmacy and Dementia Care at Avante
15.50 – 16.20Pain – Underdiagnosed and underrated. Understanding pain when supporting people living with dementia, and the impact it can have on quality of life and behaviour.Mary Bruce, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
10.40 – 11.10 Support for Carers – Online, by phone and face to faceMichael Wortley, Volunteering Officer – South East London, Alzheimer’s Society
11.15 – 11.45This session, hosted by Angela Rippon, will explain how taking positive action by following simple nutrition and lifestyle steps can reduce your risk and help slow down the development of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline.Jenna Mosimann, CEO, Food for the Brain and Angela Rippon
11.50 – 12.20The truth about personal budgets. Delegates will hear from Cath Severn, who cared for her Aunt Doreen using a personal budget, and Alzheimer's Society about how personal budgets can help people to live well with dementia and the challenges that people with dementia and carers can face in getting one.Cath Severn, carer and Laurie Thraves, Alzheimer's Society
12.25 - 12.45Serge Lowrie’s mum Anna was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2010 when she started forgetting things and became bitter and moody. Anna was initially cared for by Serge’s brother and carers in her flat until this became too much and she had to move into a care home, which the family found heartbreaking. Anna sadly passed away at the end of 2014.Serge Lourie
13.30 – 14.00Research needs you! Volunteers are vital for research to work. We’ll tell you about some of the different ways you can make a difference.Catherine McKeever, Research Information Officer, Alzheimer’s Research UK
14.10 – 14.30Being the best carer you can be: Six things I wish I’d known about dementia before caring for my motherChristina Macdonald, Author and Alzheimer’s Show’s Online Editor
14.40 – 15.10Medicines prescribed for dementia and supporting general wellbeing. Supporting individuals and carers with the how, why and when of medicines in dementia care.Anne Child MRPharmS PHwSI I.P MBE, Director of Pharmacy and Dementia Care at Avante
15.20 – 15.50Paying for Care – Common queries to a helpline: Pathways Through Dementia. Topics covered: Why we means test people for dementia care. What the Care Act suggested about changes to the way we pay for care. How to find the rules that cover residential care fees. The most common queries received around paying for care.Sara Wilcox, CEO, Pathways Through Dementia